ODNR Fishing Report for 7/19/2005: OH

Article Posted: July 19, 2005

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Western Basin

The best walleye fishing has been N-NW of West Sister Island, around the
Toledo water intake, and along the northern border of the Camp Perry
firing range from "A" can to "C" can. Drifting or trolling worm
harnesses and trolling spoons produce the most fish.

Yellow Perch
The best areas have been NW of Kelleys Island and around Gull Island
Shoal. A perch spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular set-up.

Smallmouth Bass
The best smallmouth bass fishing has been around the Bass Islands,
Kelleys Island and Sandusky Bay. Largemouth bass have been caught in
Sandusky Bay, East Harbor and West Harbor.

Central Basin

Walleye fishing continues to be good in eastern Ohio's waters of the
central basin. The best fishing has been 5 to 15 miles N of Geneva in
65 to 72' of water and 7 to 15 miles N-NE of Ashtabula in 65 to 72' of
water. Trolling 30 to 50 feet down with spoons or crawler harnesses
using planer boards, dipsy divers or jet divers, have produced the best
catches. The best spoon colors have been confusion, watermelon and
black/silver. Fish have ranged from 15-28 inches.

Yellow Perch
Yellow perch fishing has been best 1 mile N of Edgewater state park in
34' of water and 4 to 6 miles N-NE of Conneaut in 44 to 60' of water. A
perch spreader tipped with shiners is the most popular set-up. Fish
have ranged from 7-11 inches.

Smallmouth Bass
Smallmouth bass fishing has been good around breakwalls and rocky
drop-offs from Lorain to Avon point. Tube jigs and goby imitations have
been the most productive lures.

Steelhead have been caught by walleye anglers in the same areas
mentioned in the walleye report. Fish have ranged from 22 to 30".

White Bass

The best white bass fishing has been from shore at the Eastlake CEI wall
and in Cleveland on the E 72nd and E 55th street piers. Anglers are
using agitators with small spinners and twister tails. Fish have ranged
from 8 - 14 inches.

Lake Erie surface temperatures are between 75 and 80 degrees.

Source: ODNR

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